The New Buzz & Karl S. Williams
After setting dance floors ablaze with their debut 7″ release ‘Like We Used To’ earlier in the year, Brisbane funk collective The New Buzz return with a soulful slow jam featuring the alt. country styling’s of crooner Karl S. Williams. ‘Valley Of Silence’ is equal parts heartbreak and elation, with the band laying down a deep, sombre groove for Karl to tell his tale of weariness by.
Made up of Brisbane’s funkiest soul brothers: Paul Watson, Paulie B., Sunjay Jude, Grim Tilla and Joel Alexander, the collective delivers its second serving of delicious funk and soul with a single that boasts a brooding, fuzzy soul ballad up front and a psychedelic funk strut-inducer (Brisket Bits) on the flip. Having cut this new jam, The New Buzz sent it around to a few choice vocalists to see what they could do with it. When Karl sent back his take, it was unquestionable that the recording needed to be on vinyl.
Drawing inspiration from The Stanley Brothers and the hymn The Lord’s My Shepherd, in particular the line, “He leadeth me, the quiet waters by,” Karl had most of the lyrics used in the song already written, lying dormant in a dusty old notebook. Upon ruminating on the instrumental for a time, Karl found himself singing the lines, “I’m going down, to the valley of silence.” It fit so well with the verses already penned in his notebook that he decided it was meant to be. With some additional words written for the chorus, the final result is a lyrically thoughtful, musically moving four and a half minutes.
VALLEY OF SILENCE
Karl S. Williams – vocals
Paul Watson – guitar
Paulie B – bass
Joel Alexander – drums
Grim Tilla – guitar
Michael Sanjay Jude – keys
Paul Watson – guitar, bass
Paulie B – guitar
Joel Alexander – drums
Grim Tilla – guitar
Peter Golikov – keys
The New Buzz
Karl S. Williams
Official Website: http://karlswilliams.com/
Valley Heat Records
Clifftoppers and Patterson Cook
The Clifftoppers shift through genres from folk, hip-hop, reggae and everything in between. Consisting of band members Bo (mandolin), Kyle (guitar), and Drew (producer/beatmaker), they are Cincinnati boys, though Drew lives out in the sticks near Indianapolis. They sometimes play original compositions (and covers) but more often they improvise. Their improvisations are then looped by Drewdahead who also mixes and masters. The Clifftoppers is a collective with various influences who also collaborate with many vocal artists and are committed to spreading the good vibes.
In their latest release, “Clutch”, they collaborated with Paterson Cook who developed an unique style of conscious rap-singing from years of listening to hip hop while touring in a number of Canadian punk bands. A writer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Patterson Cook synthesizes a flexible range with a keen ear. He has a passion for politicized poetics transformed into powerful vocal layers that leave you ruminating. Patterson has accomplished an aggressive output of eight projects and more than 100 individual tracks, including collaborations with a diverse set of skilled producers and lyricists from around the world, all released in less than two years. Pattreson has two new multi-track projects currently in production slated for completion by end of summer 2017.
Newcomer indie-folk artist, Angharad Drake is about to make waves in the Australian folk music scene. Hailing from Australia’s famed Sunshine Coast, the young songwriter is well on her way to big things. Her latest single “Baby” was an illustrious preview to her latest debut full length album ‘Ghost’. The album boasts a collection of hauntingly beautiful melodies paired back with subtle but emotive lyrics, resulting in a stunning and beautiful listen.
Official Website: http://www.angharaddrake.com/
Delores Maame Yaa Larbi, known more by her personal and now artist moniker Maayaa, is a 23 year-old afro-soul singer with one of the most distinct voices in our music sphere. Her influences, which range from highlife to soul, jazz and R&B, have helped her craft a clear sonic identity to complement her sultry yet powerful voice, and with these she serves to us through her art, her bare self, and in the best way she knows how: raw, uninhibited and unapologetic.
A blend of folk and contemporary sounds, Lilly Million’s music has been described as soulful, honest and ahead of its time. Many who have encountered Lilly’s music are intrigued by her off-the-wall presence, unique voice, originality and lyrical poetry.
Singer/songwriter Jef Leeson is a producer and former host of CJAI-FM’s ‘Eastern Ontario Playlist’. A passionate fan of all forms of music, Jef is currently performing across Ontario promoting his latest album, ‘Taller in Real Life’, and producing albums from his home in rural Ontario.
Official Website: http://www.jefleeson.com/
Gray Harvest strongly believes that if we all do more of what we love or find what we love in what we do, we can create a more beautiful world together. Born and raised in Brookly, NY, the members of Gray Harvest, Abie and Isaac, decided to leave their jobs and place of birth to move to the mountains of Saugerties, NY. Here they wrote music and defined their contribution to the world. Living in a one room cabin for about seven months, they wrote a ton of beautiful music that they are extremely proud of.
As the journey continues, they have built a studio in their current home in New Jersey, recorded and released their debut single “We Are One (Together the Sum)” available from ITUNES, and are finishing up recording the rest of their album which will be released summer 2017. Gray Harvest says, “The song “We Are One” was inspired by the feeling of being alone in this world, and having my brain (Abie) be so indecisive on what the right and wrong choices are in life, that I wanted to give up. Life can be very hard when you are thinking that way. But I realized that everybody is dealing with the same madman in their head, and we are all in this together. So I wanted to share that realization and hopefully help people who think and feel the same way as I do.” Also featured below is their latest release “The House Song”.
Official Website: https://www.grayharvestmusic.com/